Swiss International Air Lines’ annual passenger numbers exceeded 16 million for the first time last year. All in all, some 16,169,411 passengers were transported, a 1.3% increase on the 15,968,833 of 2013. The result was achieved with 1.6% fewer flights, too: 144,116, compared to the 146,436 of the previous year. Of these, 125,901 (down 2.2%) were within Europe, and 18,215 (up 2.9%) were on intercontinental routes.
Systemwide, SWISS raised its annual available seat-kilometre (ASK) capacity by 1.8% last year. Total traffic volume, measured in revenue passenger-kilometres (RPKs), also increased by 1.8%. On its European network SWISS increased ASK capacity by 0.1% while RPK traffic volume rose 2.0%; and on its intercontinental services ASK capacity was raised 2.6% while RPK traffic volume was up 1.7%.
Seat load factor for SWISS’s intercontinental services amounted to 86.5% for the year, down 0.8 percentage points from the 87.3% of 2013. Seat load factor for the European network was raised 1.4 percentage points, from the 76.2% of 2013 to 77.6%. Systemwide seat load factor was unchanged at 83.7%. Seat load factor trends cannot be correlated directly with revenue developments, however, as yields (average revenue per RPK) remain under pressure.
Swiss WorldCargo posted a cargo load factor (by volume) of 79.4% for 2014, a 0.5-percentage-point improvement on the 78.9% of the previous year. Total cargo sales for the year were up 5.6% in revenue tonne-kilometre terms.
SWISS will be presenting its 2014 financial results on 12 March.